Sputnik has always been a real snowboard shop run and managed exclusively by snowboarders. One of the friendliest bunch of shop staff around, they are always on hand to give you advice and stock some of the best kit in the country. We spoke to Charlotte Strachan, Sputnik’s Manager.
Name: Charlotte Strachan
Shop and Opening Hours: Sputnik Snowboard Shop, Marlow, Buckinghamshire. Open Monday – Saturday 9.30-6 // Sunday 11-4
Describe your shop in ten words or less: Rider owned and run, honest, knowledgeable, friendly stoked on snowboarding.
Why should we visit you? Our shop has been open for 15 years this winter, (Happy Birthday to us) We are riders with knowledge and experience of testing all of the products for starters, and not salesmen with no idea of what they are talking about. We pride ourselves on expressing our passion with each and every customer, no matter what style of snowboarding you are into. We like talking about snowboarding, and getting you hyped on your next set up. It is so important to get the right gear first time around, you will enjoy snowboarding so much more, and with an extensive range of core brands, and the ability to get in sought-after, limited and quick strike products. We also stock the Reason Snowboard Magazine… See what I did there? (Ed: Yep, like it.)
Favourite resort and why: Morzine. It’s where I did my first season, and have so many good memories. Love the town vibe, but then you can get up to Avoriaz/ Switzerland for good snow, pow, park, stash… ALTHOUGH…. Not sure I want to give away my local knowledge, but Mont Chery is probably hands down the best little pocket of the Portes du Soleil… Amazing views of Mont Blanc, sun facing all day, park, epic powder runs, pistes stay groomed all day so you can get your euro carve on and no-one goes there… Until now.
Favourite Trip: I cant decide!! Would either be, last season in Tignes for 2 weeks. Amazing (hoody wearing) weather, so pretty much just lapped Palafour, slush slashing and hitting side hits. Then got to go on a split boarding trip with the Dragon lodge crew, stayed in a refuge for the night, watching the view from the door in the middle of nowhere drinking whisky and chatting. And we also got to ride some late season powder- big smiles… OR Spring break was pretty up there too, riding with pretty much the entire UK snowboard industry all at the same time???!!! What could go wrong 😉
Favourite set up from this season:
For the guys – Salomon Villain Le Classiques, Burton Staycalm bindings, and some 32 boots. Ultimate fun freestyle deck.
For the girls – I have just bought a Burton Feelgood, Lexa Bindings and 32 TM two boots – I wanted a stiffer setup for all mountain cruising and powder hunting.
Do you have a favourite rider – if so, why? Danny Davis. I love his laid back style, it’s so effortless.
Who is the biggest snowboarding geek on the shop floor and why? It’s a close call between Myself and Ben Rumney, but we geek out on different things.
Favourite brand? Burton. They put so much into snowboarding, and are just really really good! They always seem to get it right, plus girls stuff is never an afterthought.
Favourite UK spot: Either snowboarding down my hill when it dumps, but as this is a rarity, Hemel Hempstead is my home dome. It’s so fun riding there, and I’m always so hyped afterwards. I would love to see the High Wycombe Summit open again one day…
Who is the best snowboarder in the shop and why. Ben Rumney. It’s all about fun effortless style!
Oddest question or scenario that has happened in the shop. We get a whole load of random requests. But the weirdest scenario I’ve been in was doing a boot fit with a guy who couldn’t speak a word of English. We got there in the end using random noises and actions.
Favourite binding and boot:
For the girls, Burton Lexa bindings and 32 TM Two boots.
For the guys, Burton Cartel or Malavita Binding, and again 32 TM Twos – responsive flex and super comfy.
Worst thing about snowboarding: Getting stuck on a really long flat run in a white out. And my knees hurt.
Best thing about snowboarding: Riding with your friends and having fun!
I go on a snowboarding holiday every year but have had the same board that I learned on which I think is pretty basic. This year I want to treat myself to a new boot, binding and board set up. I’m female and love cruising about the mountain, and am fairly comfortable in most terrain. What would you recommend?
I would recommend The Burton Lipstick
snowboard. Do it all with this super fun deck. Soft enough to play around on, great in the snow park, or let it go and it will charge on piste and in the powder. And if you like limited edition, we also have the Burton Tattletale, which is the equivalent of the lipstick, but in the Burton Backyard series. These are handmade in Vermont, and there is a super limited number of these snowboards. I would also recommend Burton Scribe or Lexa bindings, as these go really nicely with the flex of this snowboard. Regarding the boots, I would recommend trying on a few pairs all from different brands so we can make sure we get you in the right pair!
Favourite Snowboarding Clip? This is my favorioute clip this season because I like watching riders with laid back style who don’t take this whole snowboarding thing too seriously. It’s all about having fun with your friends and this edit really captures it.
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